Impression Obsession Night Owl

Here I am now with a birthday card for my hubby. He picked this stamp out for me when he went to The Ink Pad store in New York. We both love bird watching and my hub really enjoys seeing hawks.

I started my card with a panel I had in my stash. It was ink on water color paper. Probably Distress ink. I loved the colors and I thought it would go well with the stamp. I stamped over the colored panel with brown ink, then I cut the panel to have a border around the actual image. One thing that adds to this also is watercolor paper has lots of texture!

Then I heat embossed the sentiment.

Fairly simple and I love the way it turned out.


  • Impression Obsession Night Owl
  • Hero Arts Everyday Messages
  • Ranger Embossing Powder – Potting Soil
  • Versafine Clair ink – Pinecone

Hero Arts Scramble

One of the Flickr Hero Arts group members brought back the Scramble, at least a one time Scramble! Very nice of Cindy to do that. The thing about the Scrambles is you have to make a card in 90 minutes and get it posted in the Flickr group. I always enjoyed them even though sometimes it is a big scramble to get a card done. I had to practice with a few cards before I could get it down to 90 minutes. So now I have several in progress cards. That is a good thing because I need about 8 thank you cards right about now.

Here is my card that I made using the Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I noticed that the ones they are releasing around this time of year are the ones that really catch my eye.


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2019

For the background on this card I smooshed a couple of colors of Oxide ink on my craft mat. I then sprayed some water on it. I took a piece of watercolor paper and put that on it. I let that layer dry and then did another round.

For the animals I stamped them using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I colored them in with Copics and die cut them. The elephant has a touch of gold from a metallic Gelly Roll pen on his headress. I actually looked up some of the animals on the internet to see their coloring. Let me just say leopards have the most beautiful coats. This is such a fun set! Lot’s of animals and plants and fun sayings.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper and I colored it with a Copic pen to have it be one of the colors I used on the animals.


  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Copic Pens
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – June 2019
  • Honey Bee Stamps sentiment die – Large Thanks
  • Memento ink – Rich Cocoa

Fathers Day Cards

Howdy! Here’s the two Fathers Day Cards I made. One for my Dad who just turned 90 and one for my hubby. My hubby has been a great Dad to my son.

The first one is the one I made for my Dad. He liked to sail so I thought the ocean scene would be nice.

Hero Arts Reef Border DieHero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019






For the background I did a few layers of Oxide Distress ink letting them dry in between on watercolor paper. I cut out the reef border using a Hero Arts die.

The fish were fun… I used a piece of Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock and put some alcohol ink on it. It comes out so cool with such a nice shimmer. Then I die cut a couple of the fish from one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero sets.

For the sentiment I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.


  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – sentiment
  • Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit March 2019
  • Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Here is the card I made for my hubby. He uses the two coffee makers on the card to make coffee. One is a french press and the other is a moka pot. We love Tahoe and he has a black mug with a bit of a scene on it and it says Lake Tahoe. I tried drawing the scene on there but it just wasn’t working so I just decided to write the Lake Tahoe part.

Janes Doodles Coffee Time

For this card I made the background somehow. Ha. It’s probably just some watercolor put on simply or Distress ink.  I added the coffee rings using a stencil.

I die cut a couple of rectangles with a die with double stitching.

The mug, french press and moka pot are stamped and heat embossed. I colored them with Copics. The mug sits up a little higher with foam tape under it.

The sentiment is heat embossed using brown embossing powder.


  • TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil
  • Sentiment stamp by the Artful Stamper
  • Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp
  • Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die set
  • Copic Pens






Did You Ever?

Hello Crafty Friends! I am wondering have you ever done this before? Here is a project I was working on slowly filling in the background with watercolor. It once was one piece of watercolor paper.

I love the way it is looking. It gets moved around many times while I am making other things. At some point it gets turned upside down. I grab it thinking it is a blank piece of watercolor paper. I cut it in half. I decide I want to try something with a flower stamp. I ink it up. I use the piece of water color paper I just cut to stamp on.  Here is the back side of the lovely jelly fish. Oops!! Darn it!

Almost Made It Coffee Cards

I’m back with one more post for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Blog Hop. It may be over officially but I am not quite done. Ha. If you want tons of great inspiration you can see all the cards submitted during the hop here. So nice of Amy to have this more than once a year. I know it is a huge amount of work. Also very nice that tons of companies provided prizes.

So here are the other two cards I made. One almost made it for the link up. Missed by maybe 5 minutes or so. Don’t let your self get distracted towards the end of the time. One thing I got side tracked on is ordering a few things from Kat Scrappiness. Amy made a card using a background die from there and I just had to have it. Anyway… on to the cards.

Hero Arts Stamp Sets

Here we are with the final version! There were several versions with me thinking how about this, no maybe this, ok this will work.  Since this was a Spring/Summer coffee hop I was trying to go with the theme. But.. coffee just has such a fall feel to it. I drink coffee all year round, seven days a week. I had a lighter brown background at one point but I felt it needed to be lightened up for the theme.

For the background I used a TCW stencil to make all the coffee rings. This required me putting paper pieces on the stencil to only get the coffee rings and not the other things on the stencil and so I did not get ink on the card in the wrong place. The image was on the edge of the stencil.

Next we have the coffee cups. I was thinking rainbow when I picked the colors. I painted some watercolors on watercolor paper and let that dry. Then I stamped the coffee cups over the colors and die cut them out. I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 coffee kit for all the cups.

Then I found this dark ribbon to ground the cups. It went on a bit crooked which bugs me but it was red line tape so there was no taking it back up without destroying the background.

I used another Hero Arts set for the flowers. I also put down some watercolors on watercolor paper for those, stamped, hand cut.

So the background was different at one point, the cups are redone, the ribbon was something different. You all know how it goes.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards May Challenge.

I had to pull this stamp out for this hop. In progress last night but not ready to submit. I won this guy and two other owls with coffee from Rubbernecker Stamps and they are so much fun. I happen to love owls and surprisingly coffee. Ha. This was a bit of a challenge at first also. How do you make an owl look more spring/summer instead of fall? I am really happy how it came out.

I stamped the cute owl and colored him with Copics. I cut around him using a Spellbinders die along with the mat behind him.

I used a couple of patterned papers from the same paper pad. The green is from a different paper pad.

I cut the greeting banner out with a Simon Says Stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero coffee set and it really fits with the image. The image and the greeting are both raised up with fun foam.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 Kit
  • Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring stamp set
  • Rubbernecker Stamps Campbell
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Banners die set
  • Copic Markers
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
  • Spellbinders Labels Nine Die Set
  • Adirondack Latte dye ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink





Random Papercrafting Projects

Here’s a couple things I created around Christmas mostly for gift giving. The Thank You I forgot what that was for. They are all kind of quick and sometimes these are the most fun since you can just make them any old way and are not that worried about how great it comes out or that you are creating for many to see.

So this one was for a gift to my son. We have a great park system called East Bay Regional Park District. It is actually the model for many park systems around the country. Anyway.. we love them all. Nice hiking at pretty much all of them. A few have lakes or creeks and just all around fun to be in. So we got my son a membership for Christmas. It helps the parks and gets him in the ones that charge without having to pay. He just got a mountain bike so we had one place in mind he might like to take his mountain bike to start getting used to it. I printed the map of all the parks from their website along with the logo type thing. I think that leaf is a Hero Arts stamp that is similar to their logo leaf. I inked around the edges with the same green ink as the leaf.

This was for my Dad and his girlfriend. My husband found some tickets to a musical near where they live. I had to dress it up so I used snowflake stamp set (Penny Black Snowbursts) and stamped with silver pigment ink and a blue ink. For the sentiment (Hero Arts Chalkboard Messages CG619) I heat embossed white over a pretty blue paper. All this was the envelope which also said do not open until Christmas. For the information about the musical I cut and paste information from an email and printed that. Then I stamped all over the background with Versamark ink and a snowflake stamp. After that I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls. Then I added a few die cut snowflakes.

For this I had stamped these tulips (Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips K5576) some time ago by coloring with markers on the stamp I think and maybe spritzing it a bit before stamping. I think it was on watercolor paper. Then I just finished it off by stamping the sentiment.


Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring

Howdy! I have a card with some die cut flowers today to lighten up the cold, rainy and in some places snowy winter days.

Flowers for Coloring

I started out by putting down some watercolors on watercolor paper using a little set my husband gave me for Christmas. So this little watercolor set (Koi Watercolors) is a fun travel type set with 8 fluorescent, 4 metallic and 12 pearlescent colors. It’s a fun one! Most of the flowers have a pearly shimmer but it is hard to see in the photo.  Next I stamped several of the flowers and leaves from the Flowers for Coloring stamp set over the watercolor areas using Versamark ink & Hero Arts white embossing powder. I used the matching Flowers for Coloring die set to cut them out.

I then dry embossed a panel using a Sizzix embossing folder. That was glued to the card base.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark & heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I die cut this out using the matching dies.

I layered up the flowers and leaves and glued them down along with the sentiment.

Another idea for these flowers, would be to stamp over patterned paper and die cut or hand cut them out.

There’s still time to create a card for the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge Anything Goes.

anything goes

Here’s a link to the a2z scrapbooking store where you can use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

I am entering this card in the Love Handmade Cards Flickr group January challenge.

Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero

Entered in the Die Cut Divas January challenge. The new part of my card is the Koi watercolors my hub gave me for Christmas.


Hero Arts Thanksgiving Autumn Icons

Howdy to you all and I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving if you live in the US. I had lot’s of fun making a bunch of Thanksgiving cards. I started out thinking I would use this set below to make some of them. I also thought I would just make a couple for my family in Southern California. Read on to see what really happened.

My Monthly Hero September 2017

Here the cards I made.

This uses the Hero Arts Autumn icon die set. I used some Hero Arts liquid watercolors on watercolor paper and then cut out the leaf and pumpkin. The acorns I think are Hero Arts liquid watercolor and the fun Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink over top. I really like those metallic inks!! The background paper is some paper I picked up at a crafty sale that someone was getting rid of. I love the pattern. The fun paper is cut out using a die and the sentiment is stamped with brown ink.

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge Anything Goes.

This card was made in a very similar way as the above card. The leaves and the acorns are heavier on the metallic ink.

I made this background recently. I probably used some liquid watercolors and I think I added some of the Hero Arts Metallic ink which is the dark spots and they look better in real life. For the leaves I painted bronze and copper metallic ink on paper and then die cut the leaves. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set. The base paper is off white and inked along the edges.

As you can see I make little changes on each because I am not that into making a whole bunch of the exact same card. So I die cut the leaf and acorn using the Hero Arts set Autumn Icons. They probably have some metallic inks on them. The background I made way back and it is alcohol inks and a leaf stamp over it. The brown panel has a big leaf stamped on it several times but is hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is stamped with brown ink.

This background was really fun to make. I got a tip from a local card maker that I chatted with at a craft sale. She said she totally dips her watercolor paper in water. So I tried that and then dropped liquid watercolor on it. I don’t have very many colors so far but I really like the way this turned out. Again the leaves and acorns are die cut. The sentiment is a wood mount stamp I have had quite awhile. I don’t really buy wood mount sentiments anymore because I like to use clear stamps so I can see what is going on.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards November Challenge Anything Goes in Flickr.

Tip: For the cards above I did a few different things with the die cuts. Sometimes I left just the outline, sometimes I put all the little pieces back in. Yes I did that. Ha. So at first I put the pieces back in a very tedious way. Then I decided to try the Press N Seal method. It mostly worked but the acorns were stubborn. So I die cut leaves, pumpkins or acorns. Then I put a piece of Press N Seal on the back side of the die to keep all the pieces together and in place. After I got them out I put Press N Seal on the front side and removed the piece on the backside. That way I could put glue on all the pieces and then put them down where I wanted them, stick them down and then take off the Press N Seal. I am not always efficient but I get it done.



These two are fairly similar. I used Hero Arts dies to cut out the wreaths, leaves, pine cones and acorns. I used some Oxide inks to color the wreaths. I cut some leaves from that nice background paper seen on the cards above. I cut some leaves from the watercolor paper leftover from the above. There are some leaves with metallic ink on them. The first wreath card has a watercolor background right under the wreath where the other has just kraft paper. I used a pierced rectangle die to cut the panels right under the wreaths. And then there are various papers from my stash including some fun Lawn Fawn plaid.

So as you can see the first stamp set I showed did not end up on any of my cards… And I made several more than I planned….

You can get the Hero Arts Metallic Inks and Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor in Moss at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Feel free to use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. Direct links to the products are below in the supply list.


  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks Bronze and Copper
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor Moss
  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit – wreaths, acorns (on wreaths), leaves, pine cones
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pad
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Autumn Icons Dies – The bigger leaves, pumpkin and acorns
  • Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice – Give Thanks sentiment
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – mixed font Happy Thanksgiving

Rose Gold Embossing with a Penny Black Stamp

Howdy once again.. I’m about caught up with my card posting finally. This card I made very recently.

Fragrant Flowers

When I picked out this image to use for my card my first thought was using rose gold embossing powder. Love it! So I stamped on some watercolor paper and heat embossed with the rose gold powder. I colored the birds, branch and flowers using my Zig watercolor pens. For the the background I also used a Zig watercolor pen but I scribbled it on my craft mat so I could water it down.  Background coloring is new for me so I am getting used to it and need more practice. On the images I went with pen direct to paper along with my water pen.

For the sentiment I heat embossed with the same rose gold embossing powder.

The background is some fun paper I got at Daiso which is a Japanese store so this may be for origami but I got several different prints and tissue type paper and it was very reasonably priced.


  • Penny Black Fragrant Flowers stamp set
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set – sentiment
  • Zig Watercolor Pens

OCC Introduction to Color Theory

Another nice class from Online Card Classes. Always informative and just all around great classes for a good price. Here are a few things I made from the class. And like usual I did not finish it. To many things going on at the moment.

For the first part of class Debby talked about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors. She recommended making a color wheel with paints, pens, or paper. I like watercolors and I thought it would be fun to mix the colors and it does teach you more about the colors you combine to make another color. Also for me it is nice to just make something useful and not worry about making the perfect card. I have since labeled this with primary etc.

Color Theory Class Color Wheel

Here is a card I made using primary colors. I would not really think of using these together but that is the beauty of these classes is you try the lessons and come up with nice things. I added in a little white and as you can see this is gray paper which is from Simon Says Stamp. I also used Laura Bassen’s suggestion of Scandinavian Folk Art style of card. This is a good use for smaller stamp images which I struggle with.  The sentiment doesn’t look it in the photo but it is dark blue. I wish it was closer to the butterfly color of blue. I layered a couple of dies together for the sentiment which Jennifer McGuire talked about with her card. I love that look and need to do that more often.

Primary Colors OCC Color Theory Class


  • Just Rite set – Lilies and Butterflies
  • Spellbinders Die – Labels One
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Pigment ink

Here is a tertiary color card which as you can see is orange, purple and green. Details on this card can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking blog.

Halloween Coffee

And now for a monochromatic card. I used a background die from Simon Says Stamp. The flowers I white heat embossed on watercolor paper panel that had the teal colors on it. I hand cut those out. The sentiment is die cut and this time only one layer.  Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Die


  • Simon Says Stamp Full Card die – Marilyn
  • Elizabeth Crafts Designs die – Happy Birthday
  • Hero Arts stamp – My Monthly Hero March 2016 Kit
  • Gansai Tambi watercolor paints